2017-08-09 / News

May contract okayed; Willard steps in as super for two weeks

by Kate Evans

The Morgan County School Board approved the finalized contract for new Interim

School Superintendent Erich May at their August 1 meeting. His term begins on August 15 and ends June 30, 2018.

May’s annual salary will be $96,000 prorated for the time period from July 1 to August 15. Since May is required to relocate to Morgan County, he will receive $1,000 per month during his term of contract for housing, relocation, moving and related expenses. He will also get a monthly $600 automobile allowance during his term instead of mileage reimbursement.

Board vice president Aaron Close welcomed May to the position, saying the board had high hopes for him as new superintendent. May said he felt honored and blessed to have this opportunity and that he was very impressed with the administrators academy he attended.

Special Education and Assessment

Director Joan Willard was approved as County School Superintendent from August 2 through the end of the day on August 14 on top of her regular duties until Superintendent May takes the helm on August 15.

The school system is required to have a superintendent every day, Superintendent David Banks noted. Close said the board appreciated Willard’s willingness to step in as superintendent.

Banks attended his last school board meeting that evening before leaving for a position at Berkeley County Schools. The board approved his resignation that night effective at the end of August 1.

Board member Pete Gordon praised Banks for his 18 years of service to Morgan County Schools. Gordon said Banks was an “inspiring, empowering and refreshing”

Principal at Warm Springs Middle School and even- keeled and inspiring as Superintendent.

“We’ll miss you but you won’t be far away,” Gordon told Banks.

School calendar

The board tabled adopting the 2017- 2018 school calendar at the meeting. County school boards are still waiting for direction from state Department of Education officials regarding the proper use of accrued instructional time in the school calendar to make up snow days, late arrivals and early dismissals and to provide staff development.

The county adopted a draft calendar earlier this year. But the West Virginia Legislature later passed a bill regarding the use of accrued instructional time.

Banks recommended that the board consider having two of four days that were scheduled as professional development/ faculty senate days with no school for students be instructional days for kids with a two- hour early dismissal. While staff needs more professional development,

Banks felt the instructional time for students would better serve them.

While some of the school calendar is still up in the air, the first day of school for students remains as August 21. The first day for staff is August

16.

Bus routes okayed

The board also okayed the school bus routes for the 2017- 2018 school year contingent upon final route time corrections before publication.

Bus route times were changed because kids were getting to school too early and it was causing disciplinary issues. The change in times made kids on some buses with second runs get to school too late.

Transportation Director Jamie Harris said bus route time corrections would be made before their publication in The Morgan Messenger.

Testing out policy

The school board unanimously approved a new testing out policy at their July 18 meeting after the policy’ s second reading. The policy establishes procedures and qualifying criteria for testing out of a class. Students must make their application to test out by April 30 of the school year prior to when the class is required.

Students can only test out of certain classes. The full testing out policy can be found on the Morgan County Schools website. Gordon commended Secondary Education

Director Russell Penner for pursuing the needed policy.

Produce, bread bids

The school board approved the $77,288 bid that was submitted by Kilmer’s Farm Market of Inwood for produce for the 2017- 2018 school year. Child Nutrition Director Kristie Randall recommended that the company be awarded the bid based on the lowest pricing and meeting bid requirements. One other distributor- Greensburg Farms Wholesale Produce Company of Hagerstown- had submitted a produce bid totaling

$108,059.

Randall said she’s been dealing with Kilmer’s for the school system’s produce since 2015. Kilmer ’s has phenomenal customer service and delivery, provides locally grown fruits and vegetables and works with local farmers to keep money in the local economy. She and the cooks like their online ordering system and Kilmer’s accepts their purchasing card so they get a one percent rebate.

The school board also okayed the $16,565 bid by Bimbo’s Bakeries USA for bread for the 2017- 2018 school year. It was the only bid received. Bimbo Bakeries has supplied Morgan County Schools with bread since 2012. The company has been good to work with and also accepts their purchasing card which gives them a one perfect rebate, Randall said.

Personnel

Banks recommended the hiring of three long- term substitute math teachers for Morgan

County Schools on August 1, which the board approved. They’re still not getting math- certified teacher applicants, he said.

Human Resources Director Harris noted Transportation Director Joyce White’s July 24 resignation at the July 18 school board meeting and said she was leaving to become

Transportation Director of Jefferson County Schools. He said White would be missed along with her hard work at the school bus garage.

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